Ask HR: Can we request PROOF for Sick Time used?

Dear HR,askHR

We have an employee, who seems to be using their accrued sick leave as quickly as they are earning it. They seem to be sick every Monday … Can we ask the specifics of the illness or demand a doctor’s note? Can we discipline or terminate for using excessive sick leave?


HR Answer:

You typically have a bona fide business reason to ask questions to determine how to track absences and whether the time off is paid leave under your policy, if you have a well written policy. However, remember that some disability and leave laws regulate medical inquiries and grant certain employees the right to take time off. Keep in mind that some absences may have protection beyond just Oregon Sick Time. If you would like assistance addressing excessive absenteeism, or have questions about other employment issues, please feel free to contact us.